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Books & Writers Weekend-FRI-2015

Books & Writers Weekend-FRI-2015

Friday 11th




In Remembrance

We pause to honour the courage of New Zealanders who fought and fell in the tragedy of the Gallipoli campaign. Glenn Colquhoun, as our guest of honour, will read from Gallipoli – Visions and Reflections by Alistair Te Ariki Campbell.


The Curnow Reader: Harry Ricketts

In memory of Allen Curnow and his generosity towards Going West, we invite a poet of note to read each year from recent work. Curnow’s voice resonates down the years; ‘Not I, some child, born in a mavellous year/ Will learn the trick of standing upright here’ remains a mantra to express our sense of national identity. The reading offered in Curnow’s name, and with gratitude to the late Jeny Curnow who continued in her support for Going West, is this year delivered by editor, essayist, biographer and poet, Harry Ricketts. Known for his love of cricket, Kipling and poetry, his latest book of poems, Half Dark, ‘addresses the people and places that fill a life and the gaps they leave behind’.


The Sir Graeme Douglas Orator: Stephanie Johnson

‘Holding the Line’ resonates with much of the memorialising that the 100th anniversary of WW1 and the Gallipoli campaign has brought to the fore in 2015. This enigmatic yet simple statement offers a broad canvas for Stephanie Johnson to explore. Her recently published novel, The Writers’ Festival, may lead her to comment on both creating and being a part of festivals such as this one as we ‘hold the line’ for the written word. It is of note that Stephanie was on stage at the very first Going West Books and Writers Festival in 1996 with her novel, The Heart’s Wild Surf.


Myths and Legends of the Ancient Pakeha: Glenn Colquhoun

As a younger writer Glenn Colquhoun grew up attending the Going West festival. The stories he heard there helped to shape in part his consciousness about NZ story and writing and it’s many characters. Hearing that this may be the last Going West festival Murray Gray was organizing he wanted to bring back some pieces of oral poetry in English that were inspired by many of the sessions he sat through as a younger man. They are his way of saying thank you to Murray for being such passionate champion of the local – and for always seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.


West Coast Anthem: Graeme Gash

Singer/songwriter Graeme Gash transforms the poetic into performance in a love song to the the wild west coast of the Waitakere Ranges.



‘Bedtime Stories for Grown Ups’: Tanya Batt

Tanya Batt has created a unique space in the story telling world. As she weaves old stories into new, she will take us on a journey into a world of fantasy spiced with touches of the erotic and risque.
Not a session for children.

Sponsored by Deco Eatery, Lopdell House, Titirangi



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